>While waiting to board my outbound flight last week, I was looking through one of the various magazines in the waiting lounge. In it, I read what is, in my humble opinion, the worst structured sentence ever published. In fact, I’m not wholly convinced it IS a sentence. After all, what I learned in English class is that there are three requirements for a sentence. They are:
- It must have a subject.
- It must have a verb.
- It must express a complete thought.
I will also say that I wish Microsoft Word had a clue about this :). I often get it trying to correct my perfectly valid sentences because it is rather unintelligent. At any rate, here is the sentence that I consider to be the worst one I have ever read in a publication.
“World domination, luxuriously from this single storefront, the Jimmy Choo brand has, in a little over a decade, grown to epic proportions, thanks in large part to Tamara’s presence at the helm.”
My English teacher had a term for people who write like this: comma happy. Her rule of thumb was when in doubt, leave it out. I have to agree. The ironic thing is that the article was very interesting, but I got lost in this sentence and didn’t get to finish it. But, I mean, that really is a bad sentence.
It has a subject (I think, but can someone point out what it is?) and a verb (grown). But as for expressing a complete thought, it’s actually more like an amalgamation of thoughts. The first two “world domination” and “luxuriously from this single storefront (what?!)” seem to have absolutely no relevance to the main sentence. The rest of the sentence would be fine minus at least one of the commas. And this, my friends, is the dark side of MommaBean. I can’t read an article, blog post, e-mail, or personal letter without this type of conversation occurring in my head. When I’m reading a novel with a typo or grammatical error, if a pen is handy, I go ahead and correct it. That’s right, I’m a compulsive copy-editor. Bet you didn’t even know there WAS such a thing, teehee. And, now, back to work.